1. SLEEPING IN A TRULLO AND VISITING ALBEROBELLO
May bank holiday in Alberobello, as well as spring break in Puglia among the trulli, are the perfect way to explore less touristic Southern Italy. Fortunately, the Italian spring holidays aren't in the same period, so even though Alberobello is a well-known destination and Unesco site, it is not so crowdy in May and you will enjoy a lot walking among the trulli, its unique houses. Besides, the landscape of surrounding Itria Valley is dotted with trulli, dry stone walls and masserie, with intense colours ranging from the emerald green of the grass to the intense blue of the clear sky and thousand colours of the Mediterranean flowers .For sure, your photos won't need any filters.
While in Alberobello, sleeping in a trullo is a must. Stay at least for a week and enjoy waking up under the cone-shaped roof of a trullo. Then prepare a cup of Italian espresso to taste it, surrounded by centuries-old olive trees and the pure tranquility of the Apulian countryside. If you choose a lodging with a swimming pool, due to the mild climate of Puglia often you could actually take a swim already in May. Puglia Paradise is a company, specialized in renting villas with pools in Alberobello and surroundings. It is well known for the exclusive holiday homes collection in Puglia and the top-notch service.
2. VISITING A DAIRY FARM IN ALBEROBELLO
Probably you have eaten so many of them and you will eat even more, once in Puglia. Howeve watching the how mozzarella and the famous burrata are made in a traditional way by a real Apulian massaro and then taste them, - is another thing. Surely this could be, eno-gastronomically speaking, one of the most beautiful moments in the Valle d'Itria. One of the things to do in Alberobello for the food lovers is the visit to the "Itria Bontà" dairy farm. The congeniality of its owner, Giorgio Spalluto, and the unforgettable taste of his artisan cheeses have also won over the journalists of "The New York Times" and the "Washington Post". A guided tour must be booked in advance and includes the tasting of all the bio delicacies, produced by the farm. The tour lasts 1 hour and a half and will let you discover the fascinating and natural process of cheese production with a full-immersion in the typical atmosphere of this dairy farm in Alberobello.
3. TEMPORARY ART EXHIBITIONS
Giangirolamo II Acquaviva D'Aragona, the Count of Conversano, is an important figure in Alberobello's history. His private art collection will be exhibited in the historic family castle and in the Church of St Giuseppe from the 14th April to the 30th September 2018 in his hometown Conversano, located 30 km from Alberobello. This exhibition "Artemisia e i pittori del Conte" ("Artemisia and the Count's artists) includes the paintings, kept regularly in the Prado Museum in Madrid and the Muza in Malta. Besides, it is possible to visit he Marchione Castle, the summer residence of this noble family, where are kept the portraits of the Count, known also by his nickname "Guercio di Puglia" ("One-Eyed Apulian") and his wife Isabelle
An occasion unique to reunite again the works of art once belonged to the private collection of Count Giangirolamo II. Works by Paolo Domenico Finoglio and Artesimia Gentileschi, for years kept in large museums such as the Prado of Madrid and the Muza of Malta. Also you can visit the Marchione Castle, the summer residence of the noble family, where the portraits of the Count, nicknamed "Guercio di Puglia", and his wife Isabella are also exhibited. This is a great opportunity to find out more about this historical figure that greatly contributed to the birth of one the most picturesque towns in the world, Alberobello.
Visiting the nearby towns, you could visit the exhibitions of two famous Spanish artistis: Pablo Picasso and Joan Mirò. The exhibition of Picasso "The other half of the sky" is a must see from the 24th April to the 4th November 2018, divided between the towns of Martina Franca (Palazzo Ducale), Ostuni (Palazzo Tanzarella) and Mesagne (the Castle). Joan Mirò's surrealist masterpieces are displayed in the castle of Charles V in Monopoli, 21 km from Alberobello.